Yak-3U back in production ! Photo (61k) by Ken Duffey taken at Moscow Aero-Kosmic Show
found at Russian Aviation Page maintained by A.Gretchihine;
This (56k) and other B&W photos are from magazine Le Fana de l'Aviation, July 1995. They published great article Yak-3,
un reve de pilote and a lot of photos.
The Yak-3 was a lightweight interceptor development of the
Yak-1. It was one of the lightest and nimblest fighters of WWII (certainly of
mass-built), with a max weight of only 2550kg. This resulted in a fighter that had some limitations, but excelled in
fighter vs. fighter combat at low altitudes.
The M-107 engine originally planned was installed in the
Yak-3U, but that was too late for combat in WWII.
Yak-3P (Pushechnyj, "cannon armed") with three 20mm guns and experimental high speed propeller;
Yak-3PD (Perehvatchik Ddalnij, "long range interceptor") high altitude interceptor with single 20mm gun;
Yak-3U (Usilennyj, strengthened) whole metal design with
VK-107 engine and 3 20mm cannons, April-May
see also Yak-3U restoration page.
(32k, 24k) with experimental VK-108 W-engine
(looks like employing 3 rows of cylinders!); Top speed 745km/h; one 20mm cannon;
(Le Fana de l'Aviation, July 1995)
(32k)with 37mm coaxial gun;
- Yak-11 'Moose'
- trainer version with radial engine;
- Yak-15 'Feather'
- used Yak-3 fuselage to fit RD-10 engine;
B&W photos from Le Fana de l'Aviation
magazine July 1995, "Yak-3 un reve de pilote"
my 1/72 Yak-3 from Hasegawa kit;
another two new-built Yak-3's with Allison engine;
Yak-3M page at the New Zealand Fighter Pilots Museum
Yak-3 history, variants, specs
Virtual Aircraft Museum
Yak-9 of Normandie-Niemen
Michael Fletcher's Site;
DOO Flightsimulator page by Oleg Devjatkin;
Yak-3 - Kiwi Aircraft Images
Yak-3, 1st Guards Fighter Division, 1945